Quadripartite welcomes new political commitments in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

The 3rd Global High-Level Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, held in Muscat, Oman, concluded today, where goals to address the global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge were discussed for the first time. The convention and its numerical targets for antimicrobial use in human and animal sectors will pave the way for bold political commitments at the upcoming UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AMR in 2024.

The conference agreed on the Muscat Ministerial Declaration, which sets out three global goals:

  • spur national and global efforts to reduce the total amount of antimicrobials used in agricultural food systems by at least 30-50% by 2030;
  • Preserving antimicrobials critically important to human medicine, eliminating the use of medically important antimicrobials to promote growth in animals;
  • Ensure that ‘access’ group antibiotics (a category of antibiotics that are affordable, safe and have low AMR risk) represent at least 60% of total antibiotic consumption in humans by 2030.

Globally agreed targets will be critical to protecting the efficacy of antimicrobials and preventing the development of AMR worldwide, as well as reducing environmental pollution, in turn reducing the spread of AMR.

Countries also committed to implementing national action plans for AMR and strengthening surveillance through improved data reporting and management, private sector engagement, and implementation of evidence-based practices.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (WoAH, founded as the OIE), known as the Quadrilateral, Welcome the outcome of the conference to accelerate action on AMR.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted global efforts to address AMR, but it has also demonstrated the important relationships between humans, animals and environmental ecosystems. Many stakeholders including the health care, pharmaceutical, veterinary, food safety, agriculture, environmental sectors have a shared responsibility to continue to collectively respond to AMR.

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said, “FAO recognizes the importance of reducing the need for antimicrobials on farms and will soon launch a global 10-year initiative to provide comprehensive support to members focused on transforming agricultural food systems. will start.”

“Self-reporting by countries indicates that one-third of national action plans on AMR do not include the environment. This indicates the critical importance of supporting countries to promote action to prevent and reduce environmental pollution. AMR The burden of AMR can be reduced if we focus on all its dimensions and work together. UNEP is committed to working with Member States and key partners, including quadripartite organizations, to address AMR,” the UN Under said Inger Andersen, Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP.

“Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most urgent and complex challenges of our time, and yet perhaps because it is not as dramatic as a pandemic, war or humanitarian emergency, it does not receive the same attention,” WHO director Said- General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It is my firm hope that this meeting will pave the way for bold – and concrete – political commitments at the 2024 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AMR.”

“The use of antimicrobials in animals has shown an overall decrease over the years. By strengthening biosecurity and animal husbandry practices such as animal vaccination, we can build on this great achievement and sustainably,” said Dr. Monique Eloit, Director General of WOAH. Agreed targets can be reached.” “Reducing the need for antimicrobials is the best way to prevent antimicrobial resistance.”

The conference marks the conclusion of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, an annual week-long global campaign that brings together leaders from all sectors to highlight the actions needed to preserve and protect antimicrobials.

As highlighted by the Manifesto, the Quadripartite will continue to enhance support through a one-health approach that balances and optimizes the health of people, animals, plants and ecosystems. The partnership will continue to coordinate a global, multi-sectoral AMR response, promote strong governance and leadership, and support countries in developing and implementing national action plans on AMR.

Notes to editors:

antimicrobial are agents that are used for the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases in humans, animals, and plants. These include antibiotics, fungicides, antiviral agents, and parasiticides.

antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites no longer respond to antimicrobial agents. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents become ineffective and infections become difficult or impossible to treat, increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death.

About Quadrilateral Organizations:

About the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 195 members – 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in more than 130 countries around the world.

for more information contact:

Peter Mayer, FAO News and Media, [email protected]

About United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling countries and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

for more information contact:

Keyshamza Rukikaire, head of news and media at the United Nations Environment Program

About World Health Organization (WHO)

Dedicated to the well-being of all people and guided by science, the World Health Organization leads and supports global efforts to give everyone, everywhere an equal opportunity to live a healthy life.

for more information contact:

WHO media inquiries [email protected]

About World Organization for Animal Health:

WOAH is the global authority on animal health: We work across borders to improve the health of animals and our future, recognizing that animal health affects everyone’s health.

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WOAH media upon request [email protected]

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